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Peter Meurer

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sydney Australia

I have over 40 years’ experience as an Executive Director and senior business leader in the finance sector. I have a strong focus on strategy and deep knowledge of corporate finance, including equity raisings, debt financing, corporate advisory and M&A. Previously, I’ve held senior positions at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and McIntosh/Baring Securities. Most recently, I was Executive Chairman at Nomura Investment Bank in Australia. I’m also a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I joined Ignition in August 2015.

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Russell Scrimshaw

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Non-Executive Director, Sydney Australia

I have over 30 years’ experience as a senior executive, business leader and philanthropist. I spent my earlier career at CBA, Optus, Amdahl in the US and IBM Australia. Most recently, I was Founding Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Fortescue Metals Group and Chairman of UK-listed Sirius Minerals PLC. I am Chairman of the Garvan Foundation and Non-Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. I also hold a Doctorate of Business (DBA) and have been an Associate Member of CPA for over 40 years. I joined Ignition in December 2020.

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Mike Giles

Group CEO and Founder, Sydney Australia

I have 30 years’ experience in financial services software development. During this time, I have managed and built solutions in Australia, the UK and the US for CBA, Westpac, Barclays, Lloyds and Microsoft. I’m a serial entrepreneur and previously founded, scaled and exited two enterprise technology companies – Invisic into Silicon Valley in 2002 and WealthPoint into Asia in 2006.

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Mark Fordree

Founder and Executive Director, Sydney Australia

I have over 35 years global experience across funds management, stockbroking, corporate advisory and venture capital. I have held several C-level roles at leading financial institutions, including Potter Warburg (UBS), ANZ Bank and ABN AMRO. With a focus on technology, innovation and disruption, I have successfully founded two start-ups and currently serve as a key member on both boards.

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Terry Donohoe

CEO Europe and Executive Director, Dublin Ireland

I oversaw Ignition’s launch in Europe and have 25 years’ of experience in financial services implementing technology strategies and creating new business models. Prior to Ignition, I was a founder and CEO for Omnium Investment Platform and Commercial Director for Natulis Group AG.

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Paul McMahon

Non-Executive Director, England, United Kingdom

I have 35 years’ experience as a business leader in the UK and European Financial Services sectors. I was a member of the Management Boards of Zurich, AXA and Aegon, then CEO of FNZ, before establishing my own advisory and interim Executive firm. I’ve worked with organisations such as Legal & General, BCG, Prudential and M&G plc. I have a long history of successfully deploying digital technologies to enhance business performance and played a significant role in establishing the investment platform sector in the UK. I joined Ignition in April 2021.

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Our Team

Craig Keary

CEO Asia Pacific, Sydney Australia

I’m a Senior Global Financial Services Managing Director with over 30 years’ experience. I’ve worked across Asia and Europe including as a Director and responsible officer and member of responsible entity boards. Recently I was based in Tokyo as Managing Director Asia Pacific of AMP Capital. I’m an active advocate for cross-cultural inclusion and improving wellbeing. I’m currently undertaking a PhD focusing my research on the Financial Planning Industry. I joined Ignition in April 2021.

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Mark Hudson

Chief Operations Officer, Sydney Australia

I bring 20 years of global technology leadership to Ignition, working at Tabcorp, One Big Switch and as Chief Information Officer of Harris Farm Markets. I have built lasting solutions in various industries including retail, media, finance and logistics, and have been involved with sales and product development from inception to market. I joined Ignition in November 2015.

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Luke Stubbles

Chief Information Officer, Sydney Australia

I’m a product-focused technology leader with over 20 years of experience in building products and technology teams across a variety of domains in the UK and Australia. My recent technology leadership positions in Sparx, SafetyCulture and Tabcorp have seen me significantly scale technology teams, platforms and customer bases. I’m a big believer in connecting small, autonomous teams to user impact and using modern engineering approaches like continuous delivery to ensure that technology is a key enabler for the company’s success.

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Chris Sparling

Chief Technology Officer, Dublin Ireland

I’m a technologist with some 20 years’ experience building large-scale, high-availability technology solutions, mostly in financial services. I am passionate about building products that not only excite users but also keep their details safe and secure! I joined Ignition in July 2018.

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Meagan McNeil

Head of Product, Sydney Australia

I believe that everyone deserves financial wellness – the confidence to make decisions and control their money. I have 15 years’ experience in financial services, and as an internationally certified product manager, I’ve led significant transformation and change initiatives, including technology-enabled financial advice. These projects have helped thousands of advisers and customers, improving the quality and reach of financial advice and driving customer advocacy and loyalty.

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Marcus Gay

Head of Development, Sydney Australia

I am a senior IT manager with over 20 years’ experience in software development. I’ve developed and led teams through many transformations. Prior to Ignition, I was Group General Manager – Business Support Systems at Vocus and General Manager – IT Services at M2 Group.

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Craig Weber

Head of Advice and Content, Sydney Australia

With over 20 years of experience in financial services and advice, I’ve worked for several prominent institutions, including AMP, Commonwealth Bank and Zurich. I have a deep knowledge of financial advice across multiple functions, including compliance, operations, risk management and advice business leadership. I’m passionate about improving access to quality financial advice. At Ignition, I lead our advice and content strategy, including building and maintaining our advice algorithms.

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David Hempson

Business Development Director, London UK

Whether it empowers your financial freedom or just helps you sleep better at night, I believe that everyone should have access to sound financial advice and its myriad benefits. I have 20 years’ experience of delivering value to financial advisers through the provision of data and services that enable them to create better financial futures for their customers.

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Robert Coulter

Head of Clients, APAC, Sydney Australia

I joined Ignition Advice in January 2021 as Business Development Director, APAC and lead Ignition’s Corporate Development & Marketing relationships. I am a senior member of the Ignition Leadership Team, reporting directly to our CEO. I work with institutions and their stakeholders in the development of their Digital Advice journey. I have over 30 years’ experience within financial services. I have held senior management roles with organisations such as the AFA, ipac, AMP, ING Australia, BT Financial Group and ASGARD Wealth Solutions.

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Jesse Evans

Head of Finance, Sydney Australia

I am a finance professional and member of Chartered Accountants ANZ. I have extensive business advisory experience, starting my career in public practice before moving into commercial finance roles.

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Natalie Kleibert

Head of Marketing, Sydney Australia

I am proud to work in an industry that improves lives by helping customers make better financial decisions. I have over 25 years’ experience in marketing, operations and product across life insurance, superannuation and investments. I joined Ignition Advice in March 2021.

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